fear culture: not a marker for good health

As we go back to ‘normal’, whatever that was (scratching head), it turns out there’s nothing normal at all. 

Everyone is skittish and leery of each other. All of our cultural activities, aside from protesting, are gone. It’s no fun to eat out with all the crazy protocols, even if you’re brave enough to go. There’s no singing together, no music events, even outdoors. No hugs, no pats on the back except at home. I can’t imagine who’s going to theaters and how that’s going to be done. Schools – I cannot fathom what we are thinking about doing to kids by placing them in what will be such unnatural environments. Doing anything where other people are around is a production. 

And the masks, everywhere the masks.

I can’t help but ask, what exactly is healthy about all this? I think more and more that what we’ve done is to actually create a very unhealthy environment. The constant drumming of fear along with the lack of community and culture are health detractors. For some people, it can be a killer. 

The people most at risk for COVID-19, we are told, are folks with underlying conditions. Just yesterday, I noticed articles mentioning that obesity is a big risk factor. Certain commonly prescribed drugs also seem to play a role. Heart disease, diabetes, the list goes on. Wouldn’t it make sense, rather than enforcing mask rules, strange protocols, and surveillance on everyone, to instead focus on getting and living healthy in the first place?

When I go to the grocery store, I can’t help but notice what’s promoted in the aisles and what people are putting in their carts. And it’s. not. healthy. How can we be surprised when it turns out there’s lots of people with underlying problems?

I don’t blame people. We have been rigorously trained via education and media to adopt unhealthy lifestyles. People are also victims of class problems that create unhealthy ways of living. Our health industry compounds the problems by pushing us toward drugs and procedures rather than working to create actual good health. No, the culpability rests at the door of government and the corporations making bank on all of our ‘normal’ woes. We do, however, have individual responsibility to ask questions, seek truth, and demand peace and justice at every level including our physical health.

If we’re going to rise above this crazy time, as we seek better lives for everyone, we can make the simple choice to live healthy and to help other people live healthy. 

The obvious first step is to go vegan, or at least to head in that direction. I know it’s a bitter pill for some people, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. Moving away from an animal-centric diet not only directly impacts one’s individual health in a positive way, it also supports the elimination of one of the biggest potential disease-spreading industries out there. Plus, it’s good for the animals and the earth, big time.

Pesticides. Herbicides. GMO. Antibiotics. Water contamination. That’s before you even get to excess fat. It’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about underlying conditions, isn’t it?

There may be a scary illness going around, but what we’ve done in response to it is terrifying and unnatural. Let’s back out of the fear culture. Let’s take responsibility for ourselves and get healthy. Going vegan is a great first step. 

10 thoughts on “fear culture: not a marker for good health

  1. Great post! You have given us much to think about! I fully agree that we need to move away from the hellish animal exploitation of factory farming, and begin to eat fresh veggies and fruits, and breathe fresh air and ground ourselves in nature where we can regain our perspective.
    The fear we are being exposed to on a daily basis only weakens our immune system. While we are kept in fear, and we are all busy following the ever changing rules, we are being manipulated by the media to serve some agenda which always ends up in financial profits, and greater power and control.

  2. This is why the healthcare reform does not work when we have a not-so-healthy culture. And I am afraid our capitalistic society (profit driven) and political system (lobbying & PACs) encourage band-aid fixes instead of a more holistic approach. Time to go back to basics. Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

  3. I was a strict vegetarian since 1973 and basically a organic vegan for the last 10 years. But i had a heart attack. (I had a premonition about getting heart trouble shortly before it happened.)
    The doctor said that if i ate meat i’d probably be dead. I worked with a lot of widows whose husbands died young.
    I wear a mask religiously because i am high risk and my wife is ultra-high risk. Don’t put down masks.
    Nutrition and exercise are important but sometimes genetics gets people no matter what.

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